Sunday will mark the 100th anniversary of the celebration of Mother’s Day

  • Friday, May 9, 2014

Dawson Lumber Co.

“The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”

Psalm 29:11

Let us give thanks for another day that the Lord has allowed his people to see. Hopefully, you have had a wonderful week, and are looking forward to greater things. Surely, the background of God’s world has given you an attitude of thankfulness. Every time I see the flowers blooming in vivid colors, and a bird take flight across the endless skies, I am awed by the greatness of God and his Creation.

If your week has included some heartache, some sickness, some grave disappointment, the loss of a friendship or bereavement for a loved one; then, never give up, because better days are coming. Remember, the sun always shines after the rain. Tell Jesus all about your troubles, and feel the peace and comfort that comes when you do. He made you, and he will take care of you when you ask him to, and believe that he will do it.

This Sunday will mark the 100th anniversary of the celebration of Mother’s Day in the United States.

Mother’s Day in the United States is an annual holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Mother’s Day recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. Anna Jarvis celebrated Mother’s Day for the first time in 1907, then she campaigned to make it an official holiday. Previous attempts at establishing Mother’s Day in the United States sought to promote peace by means of honoring mothers who had lost or were at risk of losing their sons to war. In 1868, Ann Jarvis – mother of Anna Jarvis-created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day”to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War. There were several limited observances in the 1870s and 1880s. Julia Ward Howe led a “Mother’s Day for Peace” anti war observance on June 2, 1872.

Mother’s Day was established by Anna Jarvis with the help of Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905. Jarvis then campaigned to establish Mother’s Day first as a U.S. National holiday and then later as an international holiday. The holiday was declared officially by the state of West Virginia, in 1910, and the rest of the states followed quickly. On May 8, 1914, the US Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day and requesting a proclamation. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp commemorating the holiday. Those whose mother’s are deceased show it by wearing a white carnation, which was the favorite flower of the mother of Anna Jarvis. Those whose mothers are alive wear a red carnation. Mother’s Day has become the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States. Americans spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers and $1.53 billion on pampering gifts, and another $68 million on greeting cards., and I think every mother is worth it.

I’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mother, Mrs. Rosa Bell Witherspoon Barr, and I pray that she will have many more Mother’s Days to look forward to. I would like to thank her for all that she has done for me, and that I love her more today than yesterday’ and to my sisters, Myrtle and Carrie. Memories on Mother’s Day go out to the late Mrs. Shirley Barr Browne, Mrs. Barbara Barr Evans, Mrs. Idonia W.Barr, Mrs. Ila Mae Sabb Ford, Mrs.Louise Bellamy, and Mrs. Alice Smith. May God forever rest their loving souls, and give special thoughts to their family members on Mother’s Day.

You are invited to the Mother’s Day program at Mt. Zion AME Church in the Bloomingvale community on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. is the pastor.

You are invited to the Mother’s Day program at Dickerson AME Church on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Brother Franklin McCray is the sponsor. Rev. Patrick Staggers is the pastor.

You are invited to the Mother’s Day program at Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee community on Sunday at 11 a.m. Rev. Alfred Darby is the pastor.

I have been traveling up and down Highway 17 from North Santee to Georgetown and back again, and all over again for many years. When I was too young to drive myself, my siblings and I enjoyed the back seat of my father’s old Chevrolet somewhere around the early fifties. Modes of transportation have changed, and I became a licensed driver in 1972, along with many other happenings in my life. I still frequent that distance going back and forth to my mother’s house still in North Santee. I like to take in all the sights that bring back fond memories from time to time. The other day as I steered south, I decided to pull in at the Dawson Lumber Company building to take a picture of the building that I had passed for as long as I could remember. I remember back in the day whenever anyone spoke of building, or lumber or tools that the name “Dawson” was always first choice. The next morning on the way back to Georgetown, and still stirred by my photo, I decided to pull in and jog some memories from the employers. The day was just getting started with customers coming in, but the phone was ringing off the hook. I learned that the charming lady behind the desk was Alison Braaham, and that she was going to take a few minutes out of her busy day to talk with me, even though she felt the owner could tell me more than she could, after all, she had only been there “30” years. Thirty years was good enough for me. The building had been in the present location since 1948, which was one year after I was born. The Mr. Dawson I had remembered everyone talking about, and whom I did remember seeing for myself, had been the original owner. The owners are now his grandsons, Cal Dawson, Jr., and Clary Dawson. My husband always does business with these young men, and has nothing but good things to say about them, and that you can always depend on them, just like with their grandfather. Alison said that she’s not a part of the family, but they get along as if they were. She says it is a great place to work, and she enjoys people stopping in from time to time just to chat. Many times business comes from out of town because people love the way things are done originally. They still have the original Mizer saw and Planer mill. The original sawmill burned down about 10 years ago. So if you want all building materials, lumber, plywood, windows, doors, hardware, plumbing, or electrical supplies, or you want to get a look at the great deer and animal mounts, because the “boys” are great hunters like their grandfather used to be; then stop by Dawson Lumber Company. Just like Alison says...., “ Small town, but BIG service! That’s my memory walk for today.

Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the elderly that live alone, children that are sick, children taking tests at school, those facing surgeries of any kind, business owners, neglected animals, and for each other. Happy Mother’s Day again to all mothers, and may the peace of God continue to keep you until we meet again.

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